The Wedge Workers Ratify Union Contract
Tuesday April 5, 2016 workers at the The Wedge Co-op on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis voted to ratify their first Union contract with 76% of the votes being cast to approve the Agreement.
This makes The Wedge the first co-op in the state to have a Union contract.
Back in November, workers at the co-op overwhelmingly voted in favor of unionizing. The issues ranged widely from just and fair wages to maintaining the co-op values in an environment that many workers believed was becoming more corporate.
The process was fairly smooth and both sides came to the bargaining table with the goal of a fair contract.
Jennifer Christensen, Secretary Treasurer for UFCW Local 1189, helped negotiate the Agreement and had this to say:
“The Wedge’s willingness to honor their workers’ desire to have a Union and a fair Union contract sets them apart from all other co-ops in the state.
Sustainability is not just about the food we eat, but also the workers who provide that food to us.
Unlike Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and their ilk, who masquerade as conscientious employers, The Wedge is the real deal, and the Union contract proves it. A local, ethical, responsible employer; the Wedge and its Union workers deserve your support. “
The warehouse for The Wedge, Co-op Partners Warehouse (CPW), formed their Union in 2012 and paved the way for the retail store to organize by negotiating neutrality with the employer. Workers at the Wedge and CPW are setting the standard for the co-op industry.
Abraham Wangnoo, Director of Organizing
United Food &Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1189 represents approximately 10,000 workers in retail, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. For more information on UFCW 1189 go to www.ufcw1189.org.